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Moving Weirdly in Austin?

Driving out of the Bay area a few weeks back was interesting. We chose to drive from San Mateo to Austin because we have a dog who suffers from travel anxiety and cannot be contained in a kennel. I also happen to love car rides and taking in the scenery.

What to do in Austin

During the drive, I was able to think a lot about what I was going to do in Austin. One thing I have always known is that I want to help people. In my tech career, that meant working on a training team or doing product or service-focused writing. In the world of fitness, it means I want to continue helping people move better.

I Can Help You

Over the past couple of years, I have met and worked with people from mid-twenties to mid-seventies, with goals of losing weight, getting stronger, or simply feeling and moving functionally better. Since moving here, many people have asked me what type of client I am looking for. I don’t have a simple answer. Similar to my workouts, I want a variety of clients. If you want to…

  • get moving and lose weight, I can help you
  • challenge yourself with weight lifting goals, I can help you
  • undo pain and discomfort from commuting or office work, I can help you.

If you are pregnant, wanting to become fit before becoming pregnant, or dealing with post-pregnancy effects, I can help you.

Who the Heck is Keli Hay?

My blog posts hit on a lot about me. In particular, if you are considering a personal trainer, please read Finding and Working with a Personal Trainer. This was scripted based on my own experience working with a trainer.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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Love Your Workout Space

Deciding to leave the comfort of a corporation isn’t easy. Leaving a corporation to go completely independent is even harder. When I realized the monthly quota stress was affecting my enjoyment of working with clients, I decided to go solo. But…where would I work? I had several people wanting to workout with me, but membership and training costs were too expensive. If money wasn’t the problem, the client wasn’t comfortable working out in a large gym.

Finding a Great Workout Space

Fortunately for me, my massage therapist told me about a trainer (Albert Squires) she was working with in a small, private gym. I decided to check it out. The first time, I went in solo and met a couple of the trainers. The second time I took my husband to make sure the gym had everything needed to successfully work with clients.

Where the Heck Is This Workout Place?

The door says REPS. It is located on North Amphlett Blvd in San Mateo and run by Josh Sellers. Josh is awesome. The space has everything trainers and clients need – dumbbells, bars, free weights, fixed weight machines, TRX, cardio machines, boxes, and more. There is enough of space for a few trainers and clients to work without tripping over each other. Josh also does well managing how many people are using the space at one time to make sure there is adequate space for all.

As someone who used to be, and is now working with someone who is, gym shy, this is the perfect gym! As I continue my journey to Austin, Texas next month, I can honestly say that I am going to miss Josh Sellers, Albert Squires, Mark Monay, and their clients. Over the past few months I have really enjoyed the small, family feeling of working here – as have my clients.

If you are a trainer considering setting up your own business, a trainer looking for a new space, or a client with a trainer looking for a training location, I cannot recommend REPS enough.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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Just Can’t Wait to Get on the Road Again

Yes – I am on the move!

It has been just over a year in the Bay Area for me doing personal training. For various reasons, my husband and I are on the move, which is very exciting for all of us. It is a chance to explore and live in a city where we have many friends – similar to why we moved here six years ago.

Where Too

During the month of August, I will be finishing up with local clients and in September we are moving to Austin, Texas. We have never lived in Texas and heard many good things about Austin. We have both visited the city in the dead of summer, so we know about the heat and humidity. Having lived in Bermuda previously, we are optimistic the humidity won’t be quite as bad in Austin.

The Domain

Based on friend input and city research, we have decided to move into The Domain area in the north part of the city. I have found a gym in the neighborhood where I can work. Because I have not yet committed to a particular location, I am open to meeting with people in different areas of the city.

If you are seeing my blog for the first time, here is some information about me. Should you happen to live or work in Austin, please reach out for a training consultation.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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If You Love Me, You Will Feed Me

Food Contributors

  • When you are the cook and in denial that you are affecting the health of others: I cook with love.
  • When you are the consumer and in denial that you have a problem: I eat what is in front of me.

By now, you should know my thoughts on how to start eating healthier…but a quick reminder:

  1. Stop the excuses
  2. Measure and weigh your food
  3. Log what you eat
  4. Prepare your meals

I mentioned in a recent article that I watch My 600-Lb Life and I like Dr. Now. If you haven’t watched the show – watch at least one episode. While I don’t know anyone with weight issues similar to Dr. Now’s patients, I do know people that live similar lifestyles.

What’s the Lifestyle?

Blaming others for how and what they eat. I’ve seen many people successfully lose lots of weight by following a weight loss program and within days of “finishing” the program, they revert back to old habits. Old habits come back for various reasons; one of which is going back to buying and ordering bad food. In a marriage, one spouse might do all the shopping and cooking, so the other simply eats what is put in front of them. For children, they are either following their parent’s lead or they are controlling the food purchases.

Love with Food

Almost every week, someone – who knows they make poor food choices – says to me If it wasn’t in the house, I wouldn’t eat it. Who is to blame? If you purchased the food, then you are at fault. If you continually eat the food that others buy, then you are at fault. When you make food choices because of what your kids choose to eat, then you are at fault.

If you love yourself and others in your life, choose to feed everyone better. Stop buying and eating the crap food. Be an example and be a parent by making smart food choices based on their health, not them stopping or pouting because they aren’t getting what they want.

Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.

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